Tara Atkinson

Tara A.

South Pasadena, CA

Lesson Details


Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've been teaching cello for 8 years, and teach all ages and all levels. I am Suzuki trained, and am committed to finding solutions through open communication. It is imperative that the student, teacher, and parent are on the same page.

I tailor each lesson to each individual student, and bring awareness to the student's communication style. I teach students how to hold the cello and bow sustainably, how to play with ease and comfort, music theory and history, and an overall aural vocabulary.
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Tara delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 3+ and special needs

Teaching since:

Tara graduated from Lawrence University’s Conservatory of Music with a Bachelors Degree in cello performance. During her studies there, she was awarded the opportunity to play with acclaimed faculty Wen-Lei Gu and Anthony Padilla for a live radio broadcast in Chicago. Growing up in LA, she has studied with Rachael Lonergan, Pam Devenport, Tanya Carey, and John Walz.

She has been teaching for over 10 years, and has taken Suzuki training regularly. She is passionate about reaching a broad and diverse audience. She is an active performer, recording artist, and collaborator. She is an active member of the Suzuki of the Americas and the American String Teachers Association. She maintains a studio of students from age 3 to adult in South Pasadena, and makes soap and gardens in her spare time.

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Strings Teacher and Orchestra Director
Feb 2017 - Present
Education Through Music - Los Angeles

I teach middle school children in public schools that wouldn't otherwise have any music program.

Cello Teacher
Jan 2016 - Jun 2016
Highland Hall Waldorf School

Cello Teacher
Jan 2014 - Jun 2015
Greenbrooms Music School


Bachelors of Music in Cello Performance
Jun 2008 - Jun 2012
Lawrence University


Limited Proficiency


Suzuki Training - Enrichment Course
Jul 2017

Group Class teaching techniques

Suzuki Training
Jun 2014
Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA)

Unit 1
Unit 2
Unit 3

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7 Reviews

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John K. May 12, 2017
Cello · In studio

I've been taking music lessons since I was in elementary school and have had private as well as group lessons for Violin. Now as an older adult, I wanted to learn the Cello and found Tara through Take Lessons. Tara is one of the best instructors I've ever had and I'm greatly enjoying being her student!

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John Apr 5, 2017
Cello · In studio

I've just completed my 5th lesson with Tara and I'm greatly enjoying learning the Cello with her. A very patient and fun instructor, especially to work with myself as an older student. I'm definitely continuing and recommend her highly to anyone young or adult who wants to learn from a wonderful teacher.

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John K. Mar 8, 2017
Cello · In studio

Great first lesson!

Caitlin A. Sep 20, 2016
Cello · In studio

Tara is a talented cellist, committed teacher, and generally awesome human being to have your children learning music from! I have known Tara for nearly a decade and have had the privilege to play next to her, observe her excellent preparation for recitals and concerts, and see the joy that teaching brings her as she's grown in her Suzuki training in recent years.

She has a warm, rich tone and relaxed technique that any student would be lucky to emulate. And most importantly she has found a great balance in connecting with her students while also pushing them to become their own best teachers through excellent practice habits and problem solving skills. If you're in South Pasedena, look no further - Tara is your teacher!

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Lydia Hynson Sep 16, 2016
Cello · In studio

Not only is Tara Atkinson a wonderful person, she is also a fantastic musician. I have had the honor of playing beside her in multiple different ensembles and it is obvious that her intoxicating love for the cello, goes beyond the music. Her teaching, much like her playing, comes from within and is easily activated in others. She has an abundance of knowledge which she articulates clearly and efficiently while also having good time management and organizational skills. If you want to learn to play the cello, find another teacher. If you want to learn to LOVE the cello, she's the perfect match for you.

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Carolann Sep 16, 2016
Cello · In studio

Tara is amazing! My 13 year old daughter absolutely loves her. Tara relates to her students on a personal level and creates an atmosphere of collaboration and creativity that my daughter finds very motivating. Her playing has grown exponentially under Tara's tutelage. Tara is a consummate professional and holds her students to high standards while always encouraging and inspiring them. We couldn't have found a more gifted musician and teacher and couldn't recommend her more highly!

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Erick Bluske Sep 15, 2016
Cello ·

Tara Atkinson is a gifted professional cellist who loves teaching students of all ages. She is warm and personable, yet maintains high standards for her students. Ms. Atkinson would be an excellent private teacher for a future music major or a child that wants to have fun learning the cello. While Ms. Atkinson was the cello coach at my school, students responded very favorably to their time with her. I have been a music teacher for over 30 years, and I can assure you that very few private teachers possess the warmth and professionalism of Ms. Atkinson.

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